Skip to comments.Is The New York Times a Liberal Newspaper?
Posted on 07/24/2004 7:30:15 PM PDT by NavySEAL F-16
OF course it is.
The fattest file on my hard drive is jammed with letters from the disappointed, the dismayed and the irate who find in this newspaper a liberal bias that infects not just political coverage but a range of issues from abortion to zoology to the appointment of an admitted Democrat to be its watchdog. (That would be me.) By contrast, readers who attack The Times from the left - and there are plenty - generally confine their complaints to the paper's coverage of electoral politics and foreign policy.
I'll get to the politics-and-policy issues this fall (I want to watch the campaign coverage before I conclude anything), but for now my concern is the flammable stuff that ignites the right. These are the social issues: gay rights, gun control, abortion and environmental regulation, among others. And if you think The Times plays it down the middle on any of them, you've been reading the paper with your eyes closed.
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Yeah, I read this last night, thinking there might be more honesty from the ombudsman...but he does make many excuses for the 'paper'. Kind of disgusting.
Considering the fact that the most liberal people in NY, (and probably over 90% of those who write for the Times) are transplants from fly-over country (or the NW) and couldn't say "noo-yawk" (or how ya dooin') properly with lessons, I'd say it's more accurate to say "it's a liberal, elite, leftist, a-hole from anywhere who thinks the NYT's is the word of God (unless there is no God) thing..."
(For transplanted NY Times staffies - the reference is to the baseball club currently playing in Chavez ravine in Los Angeles, the etymological derivation being garnered from their Brooklyn antecedents and the, er, quality of play whilst ensconced in that fair burrough...)
You got that right! I only get the Sunday S-B for the Help Wanted, but I read through all of it. Everything is liberally slanted down to the stories they print! Shameless! !
In his half-step way, Daniel Okrent may yet be the child who exposes that the emperor has no clothes.
At least the folks in NY have an alternative in the NY Post...
He's already announced that he's leaving when his contract is up. (Another year or so, I believe.)
You've prob. seen this, but it is a remarkable read.
Too bad nothing is likely to come of it. Just the "Okay, we've done the confession-thing; now back to business as usual." Like Clinton.
I am amazed this article has not gotten more play here on FR. I think it is a telling admission. A liberal ombudsman acknowledging that the NYT is liberal. I guess that answers the question "What Liberal Media?"
I would be very interested to hear conversations in liberal living rooms when they read this.
I am disappointed with Okrent's inability to look outside his own liberalness. For instance, on the gay marriage question, he presented it as an issue of civil rights vs. consequences of gay marriage as opposed to civil rights (leftist perspective) vs. encouraging Immorality (right perspective). He also should have addressed that as long as they are spinning a liberal/New York/Urban perspective, they should abandon their claim to being the paper of record.
That said it is a step in the right direction. I think it telling that he made this admission and promptly headed for the beaches so he didn't have to deal with the fallout. My guess is that his office will be slammed harder by angry liberals for giving up the game than he has ever been by conservatives.
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